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The Rolling Stones: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Let's do one of my favorite ROLLING STONES tunes today: YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT. Although it was designed to be the finish cut on the Stones' 1969 album, "Let It Bleed," it was recorded first because it was so difficult to produce.

 

Charlie Watts couldn't play the drum riff on the track, so Stones' Producer Jimmy Miller (Mr. Jimmy) did that part and the Zelig of Rock who turns up on a lot of big hits, Al Kooper (Like A Rolling Stone) played Organ, piano and French Horn. For the recording they recruited The London Bach Choir to sing the opening stanzas, an addition that Keith thought was hilarious.

 

"You Can't Always Get What You Want" was on the flip side of the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Women" (Maybe Jerry Hall and twin sister Terry?) and was written by The Gold Dust Twins, Mick and Keith. It was not released as a single from the album in 1969, because there was some doubt whether it was commercially viable.

 

After becoming a staple on FM AOR stations, London Records released it as single in 1973, where it only reached #42 on the U.S. Pop Chart. It became a beloved song, played at virtually every Rolling Stones Live Concert and the audience always sings along with the chorus. Rolling Stone has "You Can't Always Get What You Want" as #100 in the list of "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time."

 

Fun Fact: John Lennon always said that you could count on The Stones to copy new techniques from The Beatles latest album a few months later. Then Jagger said, "I liked what The Beatles did with "Hey Jude" adding the Orchestra to the record." It's a good example of how the Two Bands drove each other. So here they are the group called "World's Greatest" and still Champions: The Rolling Stones Live at Twickenham Stadium, London, in 2003, without a choir, in beautiful Hi Def Film with HQ Sound doing that song. @therealdonrocks

 

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